Colonel Bob

Neilton, Washington 98566

Colonel Bob

Colonel Bob Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike of 8.4 miles round-trip from FR 2204 to the summit of Colonel Bob, or a 7.8 mile backpack one-way to the Lake Quinault South Shore Road. This trail climbs into a fragment of mountainous wilderness above Lake Quinault. There are camping opportunities at the Mulkey shelter and Moonshine Flats, or the trek can be done as a day hike.

The easiest road access is from the north, but the hike
gains much less elevation when the trail is approached from the Pete’s Creek side. The trek begins in a damp lowland forest in the valley of the West Fork of the Humptulips. Scattered conifers rise above a luxuriant undergrowth of ferns, shrubs, and mosses."

Colonel Bob Reviews

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The trail is totally blown over about two miles in. A massive wind storm in the winter of 07 leveled the entire south side of the mountain, making it totally irrepairable. It is possible to traverse the log jam, but i wouldnt do it unless youre in excellent physical shape. Pete's creek is still a go though!
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This is a great day hike, but you may want to wait until late-July or August to hike to the peak, depending on the year's snowfall. We intended to hike the 8.4 mile roundtrip route from the Pete's Creek Trailhead to the peak, but we encountered snow on the north-side of the pass near Moonshile Flats (around 3500 feet/1 mile from the peak). The snow was thick enough that it made it difficult to follow the trail, and we sunk down above our knees a few times. It was late afternoon and raining, so we opted to save the rest of the hike for another day. Although the elevation gains pretty quickly on this hike (3500 feet over 4.2 miles), the trail is well groomed, so it is not too strenuous. There were some downed trees along the way, which made it difficult in one or two places to find the trail, but other than that it was very well maintained. The hike starts out in thick cedar and fir forest, wanders along the pristine Pete's Creek (there are some great opportunities to take pictures of the classic moss-covered, cascading rainforest waterfalls), and eventually emerges onto a steep mountain meadow (many assorted pretty flowers in early July) before reaching the pass. Even though we only made it to Moonshine Flats, it was well worth the trip, because Fletcher Canyon stretches out beautifully below you, with the rush of waterfalls playing in the background to clear views of the valley and the peaks of the Olympics beyond it. I look forward to returning to finish the hike someday.
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Closed to stock. No recent report. Deep snow in the high country.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,522 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Early July to mid-October
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Quinault East, Colonel Bob; Custom Correct Quinault–Colonel Bob
Local Maps

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Dec 2018